Proposal window opens for $1.5B DOD CIO IT recompete

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The Defense Department's chief information officer organization uses the contract vehicle for its information enterprise and IT management functions.

The Defense Department agency responsible for acquiring administrative and management support services is now ready for industry to start working on and turning bids for a potential five-year, $1.5 billion IT contract.

This second iteration of the DOD CIO Mission Support Services vehicle will continue efforts to acquire IT and cybersecurity support services for the department's chief information officer organization.

Bids for the multiple-award contract are due to DOD's Washington Headquarters Service by Feb. 16, the department said in a Wednesday notice to release the final solicitation.

WHS awarded the current iteration of CMMS in 2018 at a $360 million ceiling over five years to Analytic Services Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI International, Leidos and Science Applications International Corp. The new iteration is being dubbed CMMS II and has a ceiling five times larger.

The agency has since obligated approximately $245 million with Booz Allen by far the largest recipient at 47% of that spend, according to GovTribe data. Analytic Services is next at 22%, followed by CACI International at 16%, then Leidos at 8% and SAIC at 7%.

WHS' intent is to choose at least three companies for the recompete, which is being conducted in a two-step process and on a best-value methodology.

Step one is a strict pass-or-fail exercise, while the second step will involve a more thorough evaluation of proposals with technical/management approach and past performance being equal factors. WHS describes those factors as being "significantly more important" than price, which the agency says is "still a substantial factor."

DOD's CIO organization uses the contract to fulfill its requirements for mission areas such as information enterprise; IT management analytics and data analytics; command, control and communications; and program and administrative support services.

Awardees will compete for task orders to perform work that can include strategic and capital planning, software and hardware development and acquisition, standards development and evaluation, security, administration, and customization of software tools.